It happens all the time. You walk into a meeting anticipating a clear resolution only to encounter someone who asks to bring others into the equation; or someone who insists on crunching more data; or someone who simply has a better idea. Sound familiar? As CFO, juggling such diverse stakeholder personalities comes with the territory.
Luckily, there are clues to deciphering personalities in business that can help CFOs better relate to others. Termed “Business Chemistry,” the framework identifies distinct patterns of behavior that can be harnessed to not only improve individual interactions, but also to influence strategy.
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Matt Bellamy, Dom Howard and Chris Wolstenholme formed Muse in 1994, and first appeared in the pages of NME in 1998. From Teignmouth to the Olympics closing ceremony, take a nostalgic trip through the years with our photo feature.
I'm a big fan of music and use it a lot when working, but I had no idea about how it really affects our brains and bodies. Music is such a big part of our lives, and we react to it in many ways without even realizing.
Garth Brooks, Nancy Jones and Trisha Yearwood pose backstage during rehearsals for Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones at Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Leonardo Da Vinci is timelessly renowned for his genius as an artist, musician, engineer, philosopher, mathematician, though many of projects have famously remained unfinished or were not built at all.
Keeping it basic: Arginine provides the exotic 4-guanidinobutanoate starter unit for two different types of zwitterionic polyketide (an example for one type is shown in the picture) produced by the same Streptomyces bacterium. The three-step precursor pathway is initiated by a remarkable decarboxylating monooxygenase with high specificity for arginine.
Dr. Hui Hong1,*,Taicia Fill2,Prof. Peter F. Leadlay
A study suggests atoms can bond not only with electrons in their outer shells, but also via those in their supposedly sacrosanct inner shells
Inside atoms, electrons are organized into energy levels, called shells, which can be thought of as buckets of increasing size that can each hold only a fixed number of electrons. Atoms prefer to have filled buckets, so if their outer shell is missing just one or two electrons, they are eager borrow form another atom that might have one or two to spare. But sometimes, a new study suggests, atoms can be incited to share not just their outer valence electrons, but those from their full inner shells. “It breaks our doctrine that the inner-shell electrons never react, never enter the chemistry domain,” says Mao-sheng Miao, a chemist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Beijing Computational Science Research Center in China. Miao predicted such bonds using so-called first-principles calculations, which rely purely on the known laws of physics, and reported his findings in a paper published September 23, 2013, in Nature Chemistry. Such bonding has yet to be demonstrated in a lab. Nevertheless, “I’m very confident that this is real,” he says.
His calculations show that two possible molecules could form between cesium and fluorine atoms under extremely high pressure—about 30 gigapascals (higher than the pressure at the bottom of the ocean, but less than at Earth’s center). Cesium, all the way on the left side of the periodic table, has one superfluous electron in its outer, or sixth shell. Fluorine, on the other hand, is toward the far right of the table, just next to the column of noble gases with completely full shells (which is why noble gases are notoriously unreactive—they have little incentive to gain or lose electrons) and is one electron short of a full outer shell. “Under normal pressure, cesium gives an electron completely to fluorine and they bind together,” Miao says. “But under high pressure, the electrons from cesium’s inner shells start to form molecules with fluorine.”
Miao identified two compounds that could form and remain stable up to very high pressures: cesium trifluoride (CsF3), where cesium has shared its one valence electron and two from an inner shell with three fluorine atoms, and cesium pentafluoride (CsF5), where cesium shares its valence electron and four inner-shell electrons to five fluorine atoms. “That forms a very beautiful molecule, like a starfish,” Miao says. Both the shape of the resulting molecules and the possibility of their formation are “very surprising,” says chemist Roald Hoffmann, a professor emeritus at Cornell University, who was not involved in the calculations. “This is the first clear case of an alkali metal not only losing its single easily ionized valence electron in bonding, but also ‘breaking into the core’ in its bonding with several fluorines.”
Ambiguines belong to a family of hapalindole-type indole alkaloid natural products, with many of the members possessing up to eight consecutive carbon stereocenters in a fused pentacyclic 6-6-6-5-7 ring scaffold. Here, we report the identification of a 42 kbp ambiguine (amb) biosynthetic gene cluster that harbors 32 protein-coding genes in its native producer Fischerella ambigua UTEX1903. Association of the amb cluster with ambiguine biosynthesis was confirmed by both bioinformatic analysis and in vitro characterizations of enzymes responsible for 3-((Z)-2′-isocyanoethenyl) indole and geranyl pyrophosphate biosynthesis and a C-2 indole dimethylallyltransferase that regiospecifically tailors hapalindole G to ambiguine A. The presence of five nonheme iron-dependent oxygenase coding genes (including four Rieske-type oxygenases) within the amb cluster suggests late-stage C–H activations are likely responsible for the structural diversities of ambiguines by regio- and stereospecific chlorination, hydroxylation, epoxidation, and sp2–sp3 C–C bond formation.
Matthew L. Hillwig, Qin Zhu, and Xinyu Liu*ACS Chem. Biol., Article ASAPDOI: 10.1021/cb400681nPublication Date (Web): November 1, 2013
Watch the video for Muse – Supermassive Black Hole from the album Black Holes and Revelations. Supermassive Black Hole is the first single from black holes and revelations, released on 19 June 2006. Its B-side is Crying Shame.
Crosley Radio turns music nostalgia into big business The Courier-Journal “As a businessman I can truly appreciate the entrepreneurial success that Bo LeMastus has had in identifying a unique market niche and building such a strong brand,” said...
Are the 1990s Back in Country Music? Radio.com News Soon after, the news was out: One of the biggest superstars in country music, Garth Brooks, was making big new moves to re-enter the public spotlight.
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